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Hogan, Ernest

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1955-    ) US author, married to Lee Hogan, who began publishing sf with "The Rape of Things to Come" for Amazing in March 1982. His first novel, Cortez on Jupiter (1990), uses the subversive tone of Cyberpunk to tell the tale of a countercultural street artist looking for fulfilment, travelling from the usual hyperbolic Near-Future Southern California by jagged stages to Jupiter, where he confronts without blinking an Alien species with whom it has been death for more mundane souls to speak; High Aztech (1992) is set in the Tenochtitlán (that is, Mexico City) of 2045 CE; and Smoking Mirror Blues (2001), which similarly evokes the Aztec pantheon, traces the impact on a Cyberpunk Hollywood (see California) when the god Tezcatlipoca, a Trickster figure [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], is reborn in the guise of (it is supposes) a mischievous AI. There is a pleasing gonzo energy to Hogan's work, though not to date any sense of any outbreak into work of radical originality: but he continues to seem capable of storming into general view. [JC]

Ernest Hogan

born 1955



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